Treating low testosterone from an overall health perspective
With over 50 years’ combined experience specializing in treating low testosterone, Dr. Kevin Billups and Ken Mitchell, MPAS, PA-C, have a deep understanding of its causes and symptoms. Testosterone is not only important for a man’s sex life, but also impacts his overall health.
From a sexual health perspective, low testosterone can affect a man’s sex drive, erectile functionality, energy level, and mood. Checking a patient’s testosterone level may also indicate if he is at greater risk for comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. There is even a greater risk of death for men with low testosterone. It is estimated that 39% of men age 45 or older will have low testosterone levels.
When we treat a patient for low testosterone, we begin with nutrition and physical activity, as both can have a positive impact not just on his testosterone level but on his general health too. After an in-depth evaluation, we work with our patient to choose the best treatment plan for him with medications that replace testosterone or help the body boost its level.
If we find evidence of underlying issues such as low thyroid function, pituitary gland problems, testicular disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease or obesity, we will refer our patient to the right specialist for treatment. Our concern is not only the sexual health of our patient but his total health.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
Sexual Medicine or Sexual Health is a specialty now. And there are certain areas, certain conditions that we specialize in, in treatment. The major one is Erectile Dysfunction, and I’ve talked a lot about that, otherwise known as ED. Low testosterone, or really the…